Words by Print Entertainment Editor, Lois Plummer.
It’s that time of year again. Time for evenings filled with late sunshine and music, and what better way to celebrate the end of the year than at the Summer Ball on the 15thJune. The best student night-out at the Students’ Union is just around the corner, and we’ve got all the information you need for our very own campus-festival.
Sigala has been announced as the headlining act for the RUSU Summer Ball 2019. The English DJ and producer, known for popular house and dance tracks in the charts like “Just Got Paid” featuring Meghan Trainor and Ella Eyre as well as “Came Here For Love,” will kick off the soundtracks to our Summers of ’19.
The sell-out event will feature 10 hours of music featuring several huge acts & DJ sets and a festival big-top main stage. It’s safe to assume that 3sixty will be hosting a wide range of genres to give students an exciting and varied experience.
The British production trio, Disciples, will also be making an appearance. They are known best for collaborating with Calvin Harris on the club classic “How Deep Is Your Love” as well as their popular house track “On My Mind.”
And it’s not just the music we have to look forward to. There will even be a food court to keep you going throughout the night, with some of your Thursday Food Market favourites making an appearance, as well as the famous hog roast. Hosting 4500 Students, not to mention the free funfair, it’s sure to be a very memorable evening.
The gates open at 8pm and close at 11pm, so make sure you get there on time to enjoy all of the music on offer as well as the wide variety of food. The festivities go on well into the night and end after the sun rises at 6am – it’s certainly set to be an eventful evening.
The acts this year cover a range of dance-pop and house classics from the likes of Disciples, famous for classic summer soundtracks such as “Daylight” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” not to mention the English solo artist and producer Steel Banglez. The hip-hop and grime artist, who has worked alongside the likes of J Hus and Wiley, will also be performing; he is best known for the hit singles “Bad” and “Fashion Week.”
RAYE, the singer-songwriter from London, will also be performing her dance-pop and contemporary R&B tracks, with her songs “Decline” and “Friends” being highly popular in charts and clubs across the country.
Exciting for students will be the much-anticipated DJ set from this year’s headliner: Sigala. The English DJ and record producer and remixer from Norfolk has had six hit singles featured in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, including his debut single “Easy Love,” which peaked at number one. His popular modern house and dance tracks, frequently played in the main room of 3sixty, “Sweet Lovin’” and “Say You Do” are also part of his repertoire.
Performers from previous years have featured Sub Focus, Katy B, Example and Ellie Goulding – and the acts this year surely do not disappoint. Besides the live music, you can expect a range of club classics and cheesy hits that Union-goers have become so accustomed to over this year, and the excitement doesn’t stop there.
As students who attended the Freshers’ Ball in Term One will remember, the free funfair will be returning to campus. It will run between 9pm-1am, so make sure you queue up before midnight for a chance to get on one of the rides!
In true festival fashion, there will be a variety of food on offer, like the famous hog roast and the burger van we have all come to know and love. There will also be a Curry van and Greek food to try, as well as something for those with a sweet tooth to enjoy; so there will be plenty of international cuisine and delicacies to keep you going throughout the night.
Now what everyone’s been speculating and wondering about: the theme. The question that will forever plague our minds while standing mindlessly in front of our wardrobes: what to wear? As it’s a ball, the dress code is smart, but with a hint of festival: think slip dresses paired with glitter, or suits with no ties for an easy yet elegant look.
Naturally, there will also be a wide variety of drinks available, featuring ten specialised bars and the famous VK bar – expected to be highly popular amongst students.
Be sure to tag us in your Instagrams, @thesparkteam, to be featured in a collage of photos from the night. Look out for us for a chance to get some high-quality photos taken with your group, as well as some film photos for memories with a touch of vintage glamour, to look back on and cherish in years to come.
For all further information, check out the ‘RUSU Summer Ball 2019’ page on Facebook as well as The Spark on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest information. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @thesparkteam, before the 15thJune as we’ll be documenting the night on our story with live updates of the acts – so make sure you don’t miss anything!
From all of us at The Spark, we hope you’ve enjoyed this year, and all of the issues put out from the old and new editors on the Committee – we certainly look forward to another year of The Spark starting this September. We hope you enjoy the Summer Ball as a farewell and celebration to this year.